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November 15, 2018 News and Notes

News & Notes

News and Notes

Kristin Carter,of the Professional Standards/Human Rights Section of the Office of the Broward County Administrator in Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed to the University of Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Joseph B. Schimmel of Cohen, Chase Hoffman and Schimmel in Miami has been elected as a fellow of The American College of Tax Counsel.

Eric C. Boughman and J. Brian Page of Forster Boughman Lefkowitz & Lowe led a roundtable discussion on the topic of “Avoiding Lawsuits and Protecting Your Assets” and Teresa N. Phillips and Charles W. (Skip) Sell led a roundtable on “Fraud and Embezzlement Protection” at the Medical and Dental Workshop for Physicians, Dentists, and Practice Managers workshop in Winter Park.

Debra A. Jenks of Jenks & Harvey was recently a co-presenter at the FINRA Arbitrations: A Comprehensive Guide for 2018 and Beyond Live Webcast hosted by The Knowledge Group regarding arbitration at the FINRA forum and current topics.

Patricia Elizee, as chair of the Dade County Bar Association Immigration Committee, was on the panel for Immigration Training about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status.

Justin D. Luger of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman has been reappointed to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.

John Gihon of Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando spoke on a panel in Miami at a Catholic Legal Services Immigration Event titled, “Miami’s Best Bars (To Immigration Relief from Removal).”

Gail E. Farb of Williams Parker in Sarasota presented “What’s a Business to Do in the Age of #MeToo: Preventing, Recognizing, and Responding to Harassment in the Workplace” at the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals Association’s Florida Regional Conference.

Dahlia Walker-Huntington of the Law Offices of Dahlia A. Walker in Hollywood presented at a workshop hosted by Congressman Alcee Hastings, D-FL, “Being Haitian-American in the time of Trump” at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Gabriel A. Garay of The Law Offices of Robert L. Parks has been elected president of the Coral Gables Bar Association.

J. Brian Page of Forster Boughman Lefkowitz & Lowe presented at the National Business Institute’s Trusts From A to Z seminar on “Tax Reduction with Trusts” in Jacksonville.

Steven Ginsburg of Litchfield Cavo in Atlanta presented a litigation forum on “State Litigation Trends,” to the Mortgage Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference in Washington, D.C.

Gary A. Forster and Eric C. Boughman of Forster Boughman Lefkowitz & Lowe presented “Don’t Do ‘Asset Protection’” and “You May Transfer Assets Freely (But Not Really)” to the FICPA South Dade Chapter.

Madeleine Q. Mannello of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected president of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, the Broward Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Lonnie Groot of Daytona Beach Shores taught six class periods at Creekside Middle School in Port Orange as the School celebrated Freedom Week.

John F. Bradley of the Bradley Legal Group in Ft. Lauderdale has recently been moderator or panelist for three panels at The Cutting Edge Music Festival in New Orleans, including “Crafting and negotiating complex music licensing agreements,” “Managing your recording sessions,” and “Litigation updates.”

Charles (Chuck) J. Kovaleski of Tampa has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

Alan R. Rosenberg of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog in Miami has been appointed to the NextGen Executive Council for the Chapman Partnership.

Michael A. Mullen of Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo was installed as president of the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates at its Annual Convention in Boca Raton, and he will also serve as the national representative for Florida to ABOTA.

Christyna M. Torrez of Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz was installed for a third term as a director and special events chair of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association.

Bruce A. Blitman of Palm Beach Gardens presented “The Many Benefits of Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution” to the residents of HarborChase Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

Willard A. Blair of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected to the advisory board of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors.

Michael Haggard, Todd Michaels, and Doug McCarron of The Haggard Law Firm each led seminars during the Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention. Haggard discussed opening statements. Michaels spoke about negligent security cases. McCarron discussed the challenges of “Navigating Road Construction Cases.”

David H. Lichter of Aventura has been appointed to the roster of healthcare mediators and arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, where he already serves as a member of its Large Complex, Commercial and Employment rosters.

Anne-Marie L. Bowen of Anne-Marie L. Bowen, P.A. in Orlando has just had her second book published. “Forgive Us Our Debts: When is it Okay for Christians to File Bankruptcy” is now available at in paperback and on Kindle.

Miranda Lundeen Soto of Shutts & Bowen in Miami was a panelist in the American Inns of Court SuperStars “Ghost Defendants” Mock Trial at the Neil Simon Theatre at the Biltmore Hotel & Spa in Coral Gables.

Maria del Carmen Ramos of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa spoke at a breakfast seminar for the Employment Law Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association on immigration compliance and worksite enforcement.

Ben Stechschulte presented “Watching for Landmines: Federal Sentencing Considerations in State Criminal Court Cases” to Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Bill Curphey of Curphey & Badger in Clearwater spoke at the NTCA, Rural Broadband Association Fall Conference in Seattle, WA, on “Rural Telcom in the #Metoo Era; Sexual Harassment, Your Employees and the Law.”

Rev. John P. Joseph of the Church Legal Center in St. Petersburg spoke to senior class ministry/Bible majors at Southeastern University in Lakeland on “Current Legal Topics in Ministry.”

Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana & Ricci in Tallahassee has been appointed as a local board member for the U.S. Selective Service System.

Glen J. Torcivia of Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Ansay received an Inaugural Legacy Award from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.

Helen Mittelman of Sonn & Mittelman co-wrote the cover story for the September/October 2018 Probate & Property magazine. The article is titled, “Pop-Up Leasing.”

Keith Williams of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale gave a presentation titled, “Customary Use in Florida — A New Twist on a Common Beach Question,” at the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals “ABC’s of Eminent Domain” event.

Mark E. Stein of Mark Stein Law was appointed by the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediation as a certified mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

V. Lynn Whitfield presented “Make Law Your Profession Not Your Life” at the monthly meeting of the Charlotte County Bar Association.

Derrick E. Cox spoke to nurses and other health care providers at the annual Florida Occupational Health Conference about coordinating medical benefits for workers’ compensation patients in non-managed care cases.

Kit Van Pelt of Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A., in Clearwater spoke at the Regions — Wine, Women & Wellness Seminar on Estate Planning in Belleair.

Barnaby L. Min, deputy city attorney for the City of Miami, was a panelist at the American Planning Association Florida Chapter’s Annual Conference in West Palm Beach discussing “City of Miami’s Sign Standards and Regulations.”

John Tucker of Tucker & Ludin, P.A., in St. Petersburg presented “Adjuster and Bad Faith Expert Witness Deposition and Examination Tactics” at the Advanced Insurance Bad Faith Seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute in Tampa.

F. Shields McManus of the Law Office of F. Shields McManus in Stuart was appointed by Senate President Joe Negron to serve on the Florida Commission on Ethics for two years.

Robert J. Merlin of Robert J. Merlin, P.A., in Coral Gables was honored by KidSide, Inc., and received the first Marlene Ortega Professionalism in Dispute Resolution Award.

Elizabeth P. Diaz of Williams Parker has been selected to participate in the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Sarasota County Class of 2019.

Helen Mittelman of Sonn & Mittelman co-wrote the cover story for the September/October 2018 Probate & Property magazine. The article is titled, “Pop-Up Leasing.”

Steven Ginsburg of Litchfield Cavo in Atlanta presented a litigation forum on “State Litigation Trends,” to the Mortgage Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference in Washington, D.C.

James H. Swain of Atlanta spoke at the Warren Street Festival in Franklin County, VA, on “Reconciliation Requires Truth,” as part of the county’s celebration of the historic Warren Street business district as an example of African-American enterprise despite Jim Crow era legal restrictions.

Traci McKee of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers was sworn in as president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

Michael Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm led a presentation and moderated a panel discussion on preventing school mass shootings at the National Center for Victims of Crime/The National Crime Victim Bar Association National Training Institute Conference in Orlando.

Robyn Rusignuolo, chief operating officer of Modern Business Associates, Inc., in St. Petersburg, spoke on the Sexual Harassment in the Workplace panel at the 73rd Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute conference in Orlando. She was also recently elected to serve as vice chair of the American Stage Theatre Company’s Board of Trustees.

Todd Michaels of The Haggard Law Firm was voted to serve on the Florida Justice Association’s Executive Committee.

Shana H. Bridgeman of Goren, Cherof, Doody, & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on: “From Me Too to Not Me — Understanding Legal Implications of Harassment and Discrimination in the World of ‘Me Too’” at the Women of Color Empowerment Conference.